Apple Inc's shares fell below $400 for the first time since 2011, after a report from the DigiTimes claimed iPad mini shipments will decline by as much as 30% during the second quarter of 2013. Sources in the supply chain expect a 20-30% decline in shipments due to anticipation of a second-generation device. However, it's common for interest in an older device to slow when a product refresh is expected.
Cirrus Logic, who makes chips for the iPhone and iPad, also fueled the fire when it reported an inventory glut. Since Cirrus relies on Apple for most of its revenue, the manufacturer's success is considered a good indicator of demand for Apple products. Analysts believe Cirrus' unsold inventory shows a diminished consumer interest in Apple's iPhone and iPad.
Retailers seem to be clearing out iPads. Best Buy has put the iPad 3 on clearance, and now Walmart is selling the iPad mini for only $300. That's $30 less than buying it directly from Apple. This is also the lowest price we have seen for the 7.9-inch tablet since it was released last year.
While this a good deal, you should remember that Apple is rumored to be working on an upgraded version of the iPad mini which could be released soon. However, the iPad mini 2 is only expected to get a small bump in the specs department, like better resolution, an upgraded processor, and more RAM. The next-generation device may also see a slight increase in cost. So if price is your main concern, you may want to take advantage of this sale now.
Refurbished products from Apple can save money while providing the same quality and manufacturer warranty as new iOS devices. Now the iPad mini has appeared for the first time as a refurbished product in the Apple online store. Current available models are 6-7 percent off normal price, for savings of up to $40.
Stocks vary depending on what hardware is on hand for the refurbishment process. This process entails thorough testing, and the installation of a new battery and new outer shell, ensuring the iPad mini works the same as a completely new tablet. Not only is the device covered by a one-year warranty, but Apple's standard 14-day return policy still applies.
If you love reading on your iPad mini, but miss the feeling of curling up with a good hardcover book, then the DODOcase is just the accessory for you. Each case is constructed with eco-friendly bamboo, and is bound using traditional bookbinding techniques to give it that hard-bound feel. The case is lightweight, sturdy and doesn't add a lot of necessary bulk to your device, making it easy to transport, or use while lounging around.
The DODOcase is available in multiple colors and for a variety of tablets including the iPad, Nexus 10 and Kindle Fire HD. You can even design your own iPad mini DODOcase, or add a customized foil stamp.
Starting at $329 the iPad mini already costs more than most 7-inch tablets on the market, and adding a high resolution Retina display could make it even more pricier. According to iSuppli (via the DigiTimes), bumping the iPad mini's resolution from 1024x768 to 2,048x1536 would raise production costs by 30%. If true, these extra costs would either have to be eaten by Apple, or be passed onto consumers. Apple isn't known for increasing prices from on from one generation to the next, but it is hard to see how they can keep the iPad mini priced at $329 if all the rumored hardware upgrades are true.
A lot of people were displeased with the iPad mini's lack of Retina display, but a lot of people were also shocked by the $329 price tag. So will people be willing to pay more money for more resolution? I guess it depends on why someone wants a smaller tablet in the first place.
It's time to look at some must have iOS tweaks now that you've freed your iPad or iPad mini using the new evasi0n jailbreak tool. Our first tweak isn't a very flashy one, but it will make working or writing emails on your tablet so much easier you'll never want to go back to the old Apple way.
SwipeSelection is based off a concept video created by YouTube user Daniel Hooper. The idea was to make editing text on your iOS device easier by replacing the old tapping method with a more precise finger drag to move the cursor. The video and jailbreak tweak were so popular iPad fans started a campaign to have Apple officially add it to its next iOS update, but unfortunately Apple did not listen. Someone even tried to recreate SwipeSelection by releasing an official app, but it was met with negative reviews since Apple’s TOS prevents access to the global keyboard.
ZAGG is offering 50% off the ZAGGfolio and ZAGGkeys MINI keyboard cases for the iPad 2-4 and iPad mini. The ZAGGfolio case is now $65 (normally $130) and the ZAGGkeys MINI case is only $45 (normally $90). The cases will be half-off for a limited time or while supplies last.
The ZAGGfolio case for the iPad 2, 3 and 4 is a hard-shell case wrapped in leather, with a microfiber interior lining. It features a built-in stand for reading, working or watching videos, and a rechargeable built-in keyboard with iPad specific keyboard shortcuts. The case is available in brown, black or alligator.
The evasi0n iOS 6 jailbreak tool is now the most popular jailbreak with over 7 million downloads in just a few short days. Evasi0n allows any iOS device capable of running iOS 6.0 - 6.1 to be jailbroken with a few simple steps. Not only is it totally safe, but it's probably the easiest jailbreak for users to install. Once installed, users can download free or paid apps / tweaks to customize their iOS devices. Evasi0n is free and easy to use, so there are no more excuses not to jailbreak your device.
First time jailbreakers can follow these easy steps to jailbreak their iPad mini, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6, iOS 6.0.1, iOS 6.0.2 or iOS 6.1. First rule of jailbreaking, always backup your device using iTunes. If you're running iOS 6.1 you should also save your SHSH blobs using Tiny Umbrella. Click here to learn how.
Giving someone special an iPad mini for Valentine's Day is a great way to say I love you, but why not go the extra mile by adding one or two of these accessories?
An iPad mini may be a cheaper alternative to an iPad, but you're still going to want to protect it from bumps and falls. Speck's CandyShell cases for the iPad mini not only protect your device from accidental damage, but they also come in appropriate Valentine's Day colors, such as Flamingo/Fuchsia. If pink and red is not your thing, the CandyShell cases are also available in Black, Harbour Blue or other various colors.
Another must have accessory for your iPad mini is a keyboard case. The built-in iPad mini keyboard takes up precious real estate on your 7.9-inch display. An attachable keyboard case saves on-screen space, making it easier to type, and gives you more room to view or access content while you work.
It seems like all the major accessory manufacturers are finally catching up with the iPad mini. ZAGG, OtterBox, and Speck all recently released iPad mini cases, and Logitech just started accepting pre-orders for its iPad mini keyboard. Now Belkin has announced its own keyboard case for the iPad mini too.
Keyboard cases for the iPad mini are a great accessory since they allow you to get the most out of your 7.9-inch display while typing. They also protect your iPad's screen from smudges and scratches. The FastFit Keyboard Case from Belkin offers all these advantages, plus Belkin claims it will be the lightest and thinnest iPad mini keyboard case on the market.